Neonatal Intensive Care: The Ultimate Care for Our Tiniest Patients
Neonatal intensive care refers to the specialized care and treatment of newborns who arrive prematurely or who are born with complications.
Generally, high-risk babies are those born before 37 weeks and/or those who weigh less than 2,500 grams (5½ pounds) at birth.
These babies may need help with breathing since their lungs are not yet fully developed. Others may need medical care for infections or heartbeat irregularities. Although an expectant mother anticipates a healthy delivery, she can be reassured that this medical experience is just across the hall from the Labor/Delivery/Recovery suites, ready 24 hours a day to respond to possible problems.
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Advanced Testing Centers
Crozer-Keystone Health System boasts two state-certified Intensive Care Nurseries:
- Level III-A Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) at Crozer-Chester Medical Center
- Level II-A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Crozer’s Level III ICN holds the second-highest level of certification in Pennsylvania and is the only Level III nursery in Delaware County. The ICN is fully equipped to care for virtually all high-risk infants. Surrounding hospitals do not have these advanced qualifications.
Our Neonatology Team
Our Neonatology Team has received advanced training in the care of premature and critically ill babies and dedicate themselves to caring for the smallest of our patients.
- Neonatal nurse practitioners
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
Babies admitted to DCMH’s NICU and Crozer’s ICN receive state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care, which is individually tailored to each infant’s special needs.
Parents' Visiting Hours
We welcome parents at most times of the day or night. Parents whose infants are in DCMH’s NICU or Crozer’s ICN can visit their babies 24 hours a day. Parents are encouraged to discuss all aspects of their infant’s care with the neonatologists and neonatal nurses. In addition, our neonatal team provides parents with step-by-step training in the ongoing care of their babies.
Once the family is at home, our staff remains available to answer any questions that may arise. In addition, we provide a home visiting nurse service to help parents transition their baby from the NICU/ICN to home.